Ellen Laipson is president and chief executive officer of Stimson.  Prior, Laipson was vice chair of the National Intelligence Council (1997-2002), and special assistant to the U.S. permanent representative to the United Nations (1995-97). Laipson's earlier government career focused on analysis and policymaking on Middle East and South Asian issues. She was director for Near East and South Asian Affairs for the National Security Council (1993-95), national intelligence officer for Near and South Asia (1990-93), and a member of the State Department's policy planning staff (1986-87). She is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and serves on the board of the Asia Foundation and the International Advisory Council of the International Institute of Strategic Studies. In 2009, President Obama named Laipson to the President's Intelligence Advisory Board, and in 2011 she joined Secretary Clinton’s Foreign Affairs Policy Board.

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